Forget everything you know of High Tension:
Purge is a rip-roaring rebirth for the Melbourne hardcore staples, and with their gain pedals in overdrive, a goddamn terrifyingly brutal one. Thick, merciless breakdowns and sulfuric acid solos pad the album at every turn, newcomer Mike Deslandes a downright monster with axe in hand. He and snare queen Lauren Hammel forge a filth-laden frame that allows frontwoman Karina Utomo to rip what are, by a long margin, some of the goriest, most visceral and unforgettable vocals we’ve heard in far too long. Make sure to have 000 on standby when spinning this LP – the velocity with which it’ll make you want to thrash your limbs is absolutely unsafe.